My entry into our work bake off for
National Wear A Tea Cozy On Your Head Day (NWATCOYHD) inspired by the Antonio Marras SS14 collection.
It’s been a while since I made my last blog post, lots has been going on since February with work and also setting up my own online shop on Etsy.
When setting ‘Hollybees’ up two years ago I wanted a place to share all the inspiring places that I go to and find, both out and about and also online. Visiting unusual and creative places at the weekends, inspired me to set up my own business The Collectors Yard, selling the vintage bits I had sourced at the weekends, down at Maltby Street Market, London. Each Saturday I would transform Lassco’s wood workshop into a place to enjoy food, styling Market Gourmets pop up restaurant area into a creative place to eat.
I have now gone on to create my own online shop on Etsy where you can buy the vintage treasures I pick up on my days out. The Collectors Yard has a selection of home wears ranging from the 1920’s through to the early 1990’s including Kitchen utensils, furniture and soft furnishings. I have also started to host a pop up shop in my garden on Saturdays, randomly picked through out the year. These dates are advertised on twitter (@collectorsyard) a week in advance.
I am going to continue my blog with the inspiring places I visit and post updated finds twice a month. I hope that you can continue to enjoy ‘Hollybees’ and please do have a look at TheCollectorsYard and let me know what you think.
Recommended by locals as the vintage store in the area to visit, Breuer & Dawson is set away from the main commercial high street on quiet cobbled Kings Street area. Inside it felt like I had stepped back in time to wartime Britain with red, white and blue bunting and flats loosing strung up around the interior.
Hidden away in the basement of R. G Scott’s is Junk Deluxe, a re-invention of the traditional junk shop for the youth of the 21st Century. Founded by Benjamin Scott in 2006 this cool and quirky mid-century interior is far from the hectic and cluttered shop owned by his father upstairs. A surprisingly spacious room, which wouldn’t look out-of-place in a cool east London warehouse, houses a beautiful collection of retro furniture and homewears. Carefully selected individual pieces are arranged on the miss match shelves and tables throughout the shop including glass domes, index card draws and porcelain, all of which I would have loved to have had in my own home. A lovely store I will no doubt be returning too in the near future.
After Being Inspired by Sibella Court’s new book Bowerbird, I was excited to look up places to visit around Margate where I was off to the next day. Recommended by Elle Decoration and Tracy Emin, Scott’s Furniture Mart is an Aladdin’s cave for any budding collector and the perfect place to lose yourself in on a lazy day. Split over three floors, every inch of space is heaped with all sorts of bits and bobs from china and glass wear to picture frames and cast iron, all crammed onto huge units and filling display cases. I was in here for about two and a half hours and I could have easily spent longer but I wanted to see what else the town had to offer…I bought a little vintage tea cloth, a cut glass dish, a little tea strainer and some old photographs. I would have loved to get some of the tiny cut glass bottles but we just don’t have the shelf space at home. I took some pictures of the interior to share….I can’t wait to go back again soon!
I received Sibella Court’s new book Bowerbird for Christmas and enjoyed reading it at home on the sofa in the last few days I had off work last week. Crammed full of inspirational ways to display the things you collect, the book explains how Sibella arranges and re arranges her own personal collections as they grow, to display and store each item. Full of unusual ways to share your belongings the book made me want to collect more than I all ready do! I often rearrange my things at home depending on any new additional furniture or tidy away old things to make room for the belongings I feel for more at the tme. A cheap Ikea table goes to make room for a large pine one we found on the street and the fire-place is rearranged after a small vintage barbecue stands in for a make shift fire grate…I dont think I will ever stop changing our flat, every time I do it just makes me like it more…full of individually found objects and furniture from various days out, full of memories. Each item has a story to tell. After reading the book cover it made me just want to have a good rummage in a junk shop and see what else I can find….
All images scanned in from my copy of Bowerbird by Sibella Court